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Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.  

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Progress in spinal cord research is largely driven by private funding. Wings for Life is dependent on donations from individuals and companies. 100% of all donations are used for research purposes because all administrative costs are kindly covered by the Red Bull Company.

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BLOG: Big Data for Success

BLOG: Big Data for Success

Everywhere, tons of data are being generated. Also in spinal cord research. Proper handling of so-called “big data” can help to promote a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Did you know that…

Did you know that…

the cold can be dangerous for spinal cord injury patients? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

Scientific Meetings 2019

Scientific Meetings 2019

Researchers exchange their knowledge on congresses, symposia, and meetings. Here you'll find the scientific event calendar for 2019.

What. A. Year.

What. A. Year.

We just want to say THANK YOU for your great support this year.

Giving Can Be Fun

Giving Can Be Fun

Are you still on the lookout for an extraordinary gift? We have three great suggestions on how to make someone happy and support an excellent cause at the same time.

Promising strategy for chronic spinal injuries

Promising strategy for chronic spinal injuries

Therapy for chronic patients is a special challenge because the human body responds to a spinal cord injury with cell death, cysts and scarring. Now scientists from Canada found a promising therapy.

Minocycline reduces autonomic over-stimulation

Minocycline reduces autonomic over-stimulation

The administration of minocycline shortly after a spinal cord injury can reduce the over-activation of the autonomic nervous system and thus possibly avoid life-threatening situations.

The Cord Club returns in record-breaking style

The Cord Club returns in record-breaking style

Back by popular demand, Wings for Life UK bought the Cord Club back to M, Victoria Street, for a record-breaking evening. Learn more here.

All you need to know about STIMO

All you need to know about STIMO

STIMO is currently receiving a great deal of publicity. Three patients with chronic paraplegia have significantly improved their walking capacities after participating in this clinical study.

Walking Tall

Walking Tall

David can take voluntary steps again. He is one of three spinal cord injury patients benefitting from a truly remarkable clinical trial.

Farewell, Rosi!

Farewell, Rosi!

“I do feel a little wistful,” says Rosi Lederer and smiles. She plans to transition into retirement after eight years at Wings for Life. A very personal retrospective.

Strengthen respiratory function

Strengthen respiratory function

A completely new approach could significantly improve respiratory function after a spinal cord injury, thereby fundamentally improving the quality of life of many injured patients.